Wondrous Words Wednesday (28th Jan)

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This week both my words are from Unrequited by Christy Heron (read my review).

My Words:

Exscinded – “The routine punched me in the face, leaving a permanent scar as a grateful Jack exscinded me from his daily routine.”

                Exscind means to cut out of.

Yarmulke – “My bed head lasted through October: a flattened circle of hair where a yarmulke would go.”

                A yarmulke is a skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys. I never knew what it was called until now!

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Teaser Tuesday (27th Jan)

So my little break turned into a long-ish break, and honestly I’m still not feeling excessively excited or motivated, but I am finally starting to do more than get up and eat each day, so here I am.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Seaside villages would be overcrowded with sun-worshippers, their shops lined with queues for ice creams, any restaurant or café with so much as a chair outside would be the most popular place to be for the day. Instead of joining these people on the sand, or on the grass, or al fresco with her frappuccino, Kitty found herself in a smelly taxi wearing yesterday’s clothes, the faint smell of sweat drifting from her armpits when she lifted her arms.

~p.p.113 One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

Last year I participated in an A-Z reading challenge (reading a book by an author by every letter in the alphabet) on Goodreads; I didn’t quite make it, reading only 22, but that was more due to bad planning on my part. Overall last year I read 44 books – 9 less than my goal, so this year I’m aiming for 50.

Even though I didn’t complete the A-Z reading challenge, I thoroughly enjoyed participating, so when I saw a the 2015 TBR pile challenge, I figured it would be challenge for the year (I have also seen a checklist floating around which I might look at as well).

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The 2015 TBR Pile is hosted by Roof Beam Reader and involves reading 12 books that have been on your TBR (to be read) pile for over a year.

My 12 books are:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Eat Play Lust by Tawna Fenske
  • Catch by Michelle D. Argyle
  • Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties by Laurie Edwards
  • Aberrant by Ruth Silver
  • Endlessly by Kiersten White
  • Delta of Venus by Anais Nin
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones
  • Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris

Alternates:

  • Godspeed by February Grace
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Most of these books have been on my TBR list for years, though I’ve made sure to include some more recent publications as well. These 12 books are just a starting point for me though, so if you have any recommendations please share.

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Let me know in the comments.